Veterans Affairs Benefits

International Military Justice Lawyers Serving Veterans

VA Benefits at Separation: Service Administered

Honorable

General

OTH

Bad Conduct

Dishonorable

Payment for Accrued Leave

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Death Gratuity

E

E

E

E

NE

Wearing of Military Uniform

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Burial in National Cemeteries

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Burial in Post Cemeteries

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Board for Correction of Military Records

E

E

E

E

E

Discharge Review Board

E

E

E

NE

NE

Transportation Home

E

E

E

E

E

Transportation of Dependents and Household

E

E

TBD

TBD

TBD

Transitional Benefits and Services

Honorable

General

OTH

Bad Conduct

Dishonorable

Pre-Separation Counseling

E

E

E

E

E

Employment Assistance

E

E

E

E

E

Health Benefits

E

E

E

NE

NE

Commissary/Exchange

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Military Family Housing

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Overseas Relocation

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Excess Leave/ Permissive TDY

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Preference for USAR/ARNG

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Montgomery GI Bill

E

NE

NE

NE

NE

Department of Veterans Affairs

Honorable

General

OTH

Bad Conduct

Dishonorable

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

E

E

E

E

NE

Pension for Non-Service Connected Disability or Death

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Medal of Honor Pension

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Insurance

E

E

TBD

TBD

TBD

Vocational Rehabilitation

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Educational Assistance

E

NE

NE

NE

NE

Survivors & Dependants Educational Assistance

E

E

E

E

NE

Home and Other Loans

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Hospitalization & Domiciliary Care

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Medical and Dental Services

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Prosthetic Appliances

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Guide Dogs and Equipment for Blindness

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Special Housing

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Automobiles (for Disabled Veterans)

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Funeral and Burial Expenses

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Burial Flag

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Burial in National Cemeteries

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Headstone Marker

E

E

TBD

TBD

NE

Other Federal Agencies

Honorable

General

OTH

Bad Conduct

Dishonorable

Preference for Farm Loans (Dept. of Agriculture)

E

E

E

E

NE

Preference for Farm & Other Rural Housing Loans (Dept. of Agriculture)

E

E

E

E

NE

Civil Service Management (Office of Personnel Management)

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Civil Service Retirement Credit

E

NE

NE

NE

NE

Job Counseling & Employment Placement (Dept. of Labor)

E

E

E

E

NE

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service-members

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Naturalization Benefits (Dept. of Immigration)

E

E

NE

NE

NE

Old Age Survivors & Disability Insurance (SS Administra-tion)

E

E

E

E

E

Note that with a General discharge, you keep most of the pay entitlements or VA benefits that you might have accrued thus far. For example, you can still cash in your accrued leave. However, you do lose GI Bill contributions and any civil service retirement credit (that is, credit toward federal civil service retirement for your active duty military time) to which you would otherwise be entitled.

The biggest problem with a General discharge is that it is the second best type of discharge and not the best. As such, a future employer may inquire as to why you got the second best, instead of the best. Because it is under honorable conditions and is still considered good paper, however, most employers probably will not press the issue. If you feel you have lost benefits you are entitled to, call Military Justice International today to speak with an aggressive military criminal defense attorney about the options pertaining to your issue.